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  • Title: Moods
  • Author: Louisa May Alcott
  • ISBN: 9780813516707
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback

  • Moods, Louisa May Alcott s first novel was published in 1864, four years before the best selling Little Women The novel unconventionally presents a little woman, a true hearted abolitionist spinster, and a fallen Cuban beauty, their lives intersecting in Alcott s first major depiction of the woman problem Sylvia Yule, the heroine of Moods, is a passionate tomboy who yMoods, Louisa May Alcott s first novel was published in 1864, four years before the best selling Little Women The novel unconventionally presents a little woman, a true hearted abolitionist spinster, and a fallen Cuban beauty, their lives intersecting in Alcott s first major depiction of the woman problem Sylvia Yule, the heroine of Moods, is a passionate tomboy who yearns for adventure The novel opens as she embarks on a river camping trip with her brother and his two friends, both of whom fall in love with her These rival suitors, close friends, are modeled on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Daniel Thoreau Aroused, but still moody and inexperienced, Sylvia marries the wrong man In the rest of the novel, Alcott attempts to resolve the dilemma she has created and leave her readers asking whether, in fact, there is a place for a woman such as Sylvia in a man s world In 1882, eighteen years after the original publication, Alcott revised and republished the novel Her own literary success and the changes she helped forge in women s lives now allowed her heroine to meet, as Alcott said, a wiser if less romantic fate than in the former edition.
    Louisa May Alcott
    As A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.


    Commentaires:

    Teresa
    Before Alcott's publisher would print this, her first serious novel for adults, written before her more famous works for children, he had her cut it in half. Alcott regretted this and years later when she received back her copyright, before republishing it herself, she rewrote it, reinserting some of the left-out chapters, cutting the beginning and changing the ending. The first published version is what I've read.While the melodrama of some of the scenes, especially the beginning and the end, m [...]

    Julie
    This is my second reading of this book and I admit to liking it even more now than I did a handful of years ago.On the surface, it seems a positively glib little novel about love and marriage and the good and bad choices that one silly young woman makes. Rather, we have here a careful consideration of the roles assigned to women in the 19th century, and the price that women paid for either walking the line, or deviating from it. In either case, the choices were constricting for women, because tr [...]

    Margaret
    Moods was Alcott's first published novel, originally published in 1864, then heavily revised and reissued in 1882. This edition is of the 1864 edition, with appendices including the 1882 revisions, which is fascinating as far as seeing what Alcott changed. Her story of a woman subject to moods (someone we might call manic-depressive today) is uneven, but ambitious in its attempt to portray an unusual heroine's psyche and the restrictions of her life.

    Mia
    Louisa May Alcott's first novel. Heroine, young Sylvia, a moody teenage girl of 19th century needs to learn life lessons and choose between two men who love her. What is that truly matter - people or principles? Should or should not an eagle and a little wood bird mate for life?Being restless, impetuous and moody girl myself, I loved the book for I found so much I could relate to.

    Michelle
    Moods is one of Louisa May Alcott's lesser known novels, and one intended for a more mature audience than her Little Women-fare. It was written before her great success with that novel, and later re-written over twenty years later with a changed ending that focused less on its heroine's romances, and more on her development as an individual. Sylvia Yule is the protagonist, a moody, mercurial young woman. She falls in love with one man, a man who is strong and upright, a man of principle above al [...]

    Peggy
    Having just read Susan Cheever's Louisa May Alcott, I was curious to read this book for the clues to Alcott's feelings and personalty in what is considered an adult romance. The story moves along fairly well but, as prosaic as it sounds, I felt Sylvia's problems were related more to her immaturity rather than her "moods", and the fact that, as she points out, she was always allowed to have her own way. Plus her life seemed boring with too much time on her hands and not enough to do; young women [...]

    Ldmaxwell
    I was interested in reading this book after learning more about Louisa May Alcott and other authors of her time period. I recently visited Concord, Massachussetts and Alcott's home where I become interested in learning more of her life and her works. I have read Little Women, but none of her other books. I found it fascinating to learn more about her personally and explore some of her other writing. I really liked this book because I felt it led me to a lot of introspection and thoughtfulness. I [...]

    skein
    There was so much I liked-- and then they got to talking about how the blind, and the crippled, and the crazy people should not marry lest they drag down their lovers into a never-ending vortex of despair and suffering because that shit is catching -- and -- no. Ms. Alcott worked on this novel longer and more doggedly than any of her others, and it wasn't ever a success (probably because it is about adulterous love and hard duty and the heroine is bipolar? just guessing.) -- but whatever the pub [...]

    Elena T.
    "Mutevoli umori" è stata una lettura strana, che probabilmente affronterò in seconda lettura il prossimo anno, per un giudizio più consapevole.I mutevoli umori del titolo sono quelli di Sylvia, protagonista dal carattere inquieto che nel matrimonio trova il suo abisso, il declassarsi delle passioni e sì, un po' della joie de vivre che ritrova solamente a fasi alterne nell'amante spavaldo e un po' bad guy.E' una Alcott un po' spregiudicata nei toni (si parla comunque di adulterio), decisament [...]

    Jennifer
    On my list of books to read by favorite authors, Moods was touted to be unlike her stories for young women. I would say yes, and no. I found her writing style and gentle moralizing to be the same. The subject matter was definitely more geared to adult readers, but the story had the same feel. (I feel I can speak with some authority here, having been reading Louisa for at least 30 years now.) I just watched a PBS special on LMA, and some historians speculate she may have been subject to manic dep [...]

    Kristi
    This novel centers on a failed marriage plot and the need for individuals – women in particular – to cultivate self-love before they can properly love another. Much of the novel can be read as Alcott’s attempt to work out the Transcendentalist philosophies of her father Bronson Alcott and his friends Emerson, Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller. The Transcendentalists debates over love, marriage, and friendship in particular come to mind. The first edition of this work ends typically with sentime [...]

    Hether Belusky
    I believe the 1864 ending was true to Louisa's personal beliefs on women and marriage: marriage takes away a women's identity (view spoiler)[ although Sylvia dying was sweet karma(hide spoiler)]. I believe the 1882 ending was for Louisa's fans: give the audience their "happy endings". I think there should be a third ending "Karma; or, Moor gets his Revenge" where Geoffrey takes Sylvia back, she gets pregnant, Geoffrey tells Sylvia he loves Faith and needs to rethink their marriage, Sylvia has a [...]

    Deborah
    Looking for a light-hearted, heart-warming romance, which leaves you feeling that all's well with the world? If so, don't read this. I spent most of the book wondering how the author was going to pull the happy ending out of the bag of mess she'd created for her characters. And then I got to the final chapter. Seriously, don't read this if you're recovering from an unhappy love affair. Or a bad illness.

    Nancy
    The preachiness in this book was way too much for me. I love her books so I know how the moral teachings come through in her writings but I couldn't stomach this one. What I did find interesting, though, were things she expanded on in some of her other books--Jo's relationship with Laurie being one of friendship only, the "blooming" of Rose to womanhood for instance.

    Dani
    This was a thought provoking read. Deep and emotional.

    Marcia
    Moods is an emotionally-moving book dealing with adult issues. It was painful, knowing as an observer that mistakes were being made by the characters. I initially was rooting for Sylvia and Geoffrey Moor, but before too long I was thinking that Sylvia should be with Adam Warwick after all. This was a classic love triangle where no one was evil.So you're wondering why only two stars. I really hated the last two chapters. I almost stopped reading, but since I was so close to the end I persevered. [...]

    T.
    I enjoyed reading the very first novel of Louisa May Alcott and could see the beginnings of the great works she would later write. But it was a bit verbose, somewhat preachy and very descriptive where some dialog would have been welcome.

    Marcy
    I really enjoyed this story!

    Kerry
    Although I grew up loving Little Women and the rest of Louisa May Alcott's books for children, I never really ventured into any of the books she intended for more mature readers. I picked up Moods because it was recommended to me by someone in a book club that I joined, who called it Alcott's take on Jane Eyre. Now that I have read Moods, I can say that it wasn't my favorite Alcott (a part of me wonders if I would have loved her books so much if I had read them for the first time as an adult, as [...]

    Claire West
    When I began this book ten days ago I had just finished Rainbow Valley by L.M Montgomery. I've always loved the book and the last time I read it I felt like I was floating on a cloud or down in Rainbow Valley with the Blythe's and the Meredith's. I shut the cover of my kindle with a sigh and thought lightly of what to read next. The answer was obvious, a Louisa May Alcott book. I had them on my winter to-read list and I decided to start with one of her earlier works Moods. It seemed like a good [...]

    Phil Syphe
    “Moods” is an apt title, because I found that my mood adapted with the changing narrative tone, which went from intriguing and upbeat to didactic and mundane. Had the second half of the book been as absorbing as the first then I would’ve rated this at least four stars.The book title essentially refers to the main character, Sylvia, who first appears as an overgrown spoilt brat. But she becomes endearing when she goes through several changes, showing how good-hearted she is, while at times [...]

    Rachel
    I wanted to love Moods since the work was obviously so important to Louisa May Alcott. And I liked it. It was a beautifully written, moody book, thought-provoking and entertaining by turns.I didn’t thrill to it the way I thrilled to some of Alcott’s others, though. It didn’t involve me as deeply as Little Women or An Old Fashioned Girl. It didn’t have the light, fun luminescence of Eight Cousins or Rose in Bloom. Instead of searing itself on my mind, becoming part of my soul, this book w [...]

    Denise
    Does anyone in this day and age ever agonize at length over what the most virtuous course of action might be? Choose chastity within marriage because their heart belongs to another? Resolutely decide to cause pain to everyone rather than do something morally wrong? Maybe, but not in literature.Alcott's children's books are chock full of transcendental do-goodism, brave invalids, self-sacrificing spinsters, men who have better things to do than stay home with their families, and girls who are out [...]

    Evan Luna
    The book's illustrious language is truly beautiful. My first time reading Alcott's works and she will captivate you with her tone of each scene. You will skirt through scenes with the intensity and speed at which the characters interact with the situations. Each character has a easily identifiable persona and I could empathize with their views on the world and kept thinking those were valid points even if I would not want to make the decisions the characters made. My only disappointment was that [...]

    Nancye
    I typically love everything I have read by Louisa May Alcott. This one proved to be a bit harder. There were times when I wanted to find out where everyone would end up and it seemed to be taking too long to get there. By the end though I was fully attached to the characters and in tears. Alcott has always been able to do that to me with her writing. One minute you are laughing at a scrape they find themselves in and the next crying over one of their losses. So, if you have the patience to read [...]

    Anne Marie Merline
    I really liked this novel. Although I have not read any Alcott in it's entirety, i think this is a book that is very progressive in its thought (although the Transcendentalists were progressive in most things,) this book explores love, marriage, social mores, and coming to terms with things for which you have no control. I find Alcott's writing to be sensual, descriptive, and very crisp. I really enjoyed it. I am intrigued to read more of her writing.

    Emma
    The character of Sylvia was pretty flat. She gained depth, but all in all, I found her hard to relate to.Finishing the first chapter and moving on into the second is really confusing. You go from a scene between Adam and Ottila to Sylvia, Geoffrey, and Mark. Until Adam finally comes into the scene, you'll have no idea what's going on.

    Andrea Hickman Walker
    Almost as depressing as a certain chapter in Good Wives that always makes me cry. This came close, though it didn't quite succeed. I'm definitely going to have to go back and read it again to get everything out of it, but the best books are always like that.

    Nancy
    Alcott's writing style is very flowery. She was very moralistic. Her books are very long. It was a very different love triangle, and very surprising. I enjoyed this book, but I read it in short bursts. The book is very descriptive. I bought the works of Louisa May Alcott for my Kindle, and I'm only 22% into them.

    Naomi
    A surprising novel, one that will lead contemporary readers to consider character, love, integrity, and limits. Good as is, I'd also love to see this one hacked is a perfect setup for some steampunkery.

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